Smarter new XF

Jaguar XF 25t

NZ Autocar - - Contents -

Adopt­ing prac­tices learnt from F-Type and XE pro­grammes, the new XF is lighter on its feet, and even bet­ter look­ing. Only the pow­er­train is car­ry­over in the 25t R-Sport.

mongst the most el­e­gant of the ex­ec­u­tive class cars, the XF has just en­tered its next gen­er­a­tion (Mark II) and kicks off at $90k, up from its former $75k base now that XE fills that spot. Still, it looks even flasher and more ag­gres­sive than be­fore, the new XF ben­e­fits from an alu­minium in­ten­sive chas­sis, mak­ing it not only lighter (it needed to be) but also 28 per cent stiffer. Cue bet­ter cor­ner­ing, noise re­jec­tion and ride com­fort. It’s also slicker through the air, Cd down three points on some mod­els to 0.26. And in the case of the diesel, there’s an all-new ‘In­ge­nium’ four-pot en­gine. Un­til mid­way through 2017, the base XF petrol makes do with the car­ry­over 2.0-litre turbo four but that’s hooked up to an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and de­liv­ers de­cent per­for­mance, es­pe­cially now that the car is lighter than be­fore. While Jaguar sug­gests po­ten­tial weight sav­ings of 190kg, the model we drove, the 25t R-Sport, is more like 80kg bet­ter off.

We can now in­form you that the new light­weight chas­sis def­i­nitely trans­lates into a per­for­mance ad­van­tage, as ex­pected. With the re­mains of Cy­clone Win­ston pass­ing over­head on the day of VBOX test­ing, we’re still un­clear as to the ex­act ex­tent of that per­for­mance en­hance­ment. But de­spite our test road be­ing awash, the XF still man­aged a best 0-100km/h ac­cel­er­a­tion

Adopt­ing prac­tices learnt from F-Type and XE pro­grammes, the new XF is lighter on its feet, and even bet­ter look­ing. Only the pow­er­train is car­ry­over in the 25t R-Sport

Words Peter Louis­son Pho­tos Tom Gas­nier

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